IG KULTUR ÖSTERREICH — enabling conditions through cultural policy for contemporary sociocultural and artistic work!
IG Kultur Österreich is the association of independent cultural initiatives and centres in Austria. Focusing on contemporary cultural expressions and community-driven initiatives their main goal is to improve the working conditions for those working in the field of contemporary arts and culture – from culture professionals to volunteers. They pursue advocacy activities, push for legislative improvements and regulatory measures to create an enabling environment, for example ensuring structural safety of cultural initiatives, stable financing conditions, fair pay and social security for those involved in cultural work. In addition to mediating between cultural initiatives and public authorities, IG Kultur Österreich provides hands-on advice to its members on all matters related to everyday cultural work, such as financing, tax and social security, legal requirements, networking, mobility, etc. Furthermore, they offer workshops and seminars to strengthen the professional development of the sector. Regarding communication, they strive to fill the gap in the traditional media discourse on cultural policy issues as well as cultural practices through their public relations work, their magazine Kulturrisse and website. They attempt to change the perceptions of cultural work, it’s contribution and relevance for today’s society in constant transformation. Its activities are financed through membership fees and grants awarded by the Austrian Government.
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